Simple honest speech


Simple honest speech

a rarity in public discourse

a rarity in private.

Say the facts, some say

you opine. Some opinions

you hear spoken as if fact.


In politics, the occupation

of governance, simple honest speech

the necessary requirement

to produce a free, peaceful

society; language without guile,

pretension, or calumny

in which you try

to clarify public policy, not obscure.

Language that you do

not need to parse to understand.


President Bush, vice president Chaney,

secretary Rice, secretary Rumsfeld please

simple honest speech profane

liars ever choose.


for,and under the influence of, Ronnog Seaberg (1932 – 2007).

Photo by Mark Wolfe


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